Clearnce Factors for Homicides in Washington, D.C. - 1990-2001

J. Thomas McEwen, Institute for Law and Justice

This paper presents an analysis of factors affecting clearances of homicides occurring in Washington, DC from 1990 through 2001. It is based on over 4,400 homicides that occurred during over these 12 years. To develop the database, information from homicide master case jackets was coded using the FBI's ViCAP booklets. The coding was part of a larger project directed by the author at the Metropolitan Police, District of Columbia (MPDC). The ViCAP booklet includes sections on victim information, offender/suspect information, motives, offender's modus operandi, causes of death, weapon information, and vehicle information. The project captured other information of a local nature about the homicides, such as district of occurrence and police service area.

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